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8-Bit Bins

In its continuing efforts to improve on its already superhuman diversion rate, the city of San Francisco has launched, a Web site designed to clarify what items go in each of the city’s three curbside bins.

But to really drive the message home, mayor Gavin Newsom also unveiled “Recycle Slam!,” a retro arcade game in which players must maneuver green (food waste), black (trash) and blue (recyclables) bins into position to snag items tossed by a delinquent raccoon (one suspects the Texas version of this game would simply involve shooting the raccoon).

Give it a try, but be warned: In my experience, just catching the items is a bigger challenge than figuring out what goes where.